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5:35 PM ET, June 16, 2019

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NBC News:
Trump campaign cutting ties with pollsters after internal numbers leaked  —  The president's re-election campaign says series of polls showing Joe Biden ahead in key states are “ancient” news.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is cutting ties with some of its own pollsters …
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New York Times:
Trump Campaign to Purge Pollsters After Leak of Dismal Results  —  President Trump's campaign has decided to purge some of its pollsters after a leak of dismal internal polls for the president that he denied existed.  —  Just two days before the president is set to kick off his bid for re-election …
Andy Shain / Post and Courier:
Warren, Buttigieg surge in SC 2020 Democratic presidential poll as Biden still leads  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a commanding 20-point lead in the 2020 South Carolina Democratic presidential primary, but his post-announcement advantage is shrinking — and he has a surprising new set of top challengers.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Democrats want a steady leader, Biden leads Trump by 10 points  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden is still, by far, the leader in the Democratic Party's presidential nomination race.  His lead reflects the mood of the party, as Democratic primary voters want someone who will unite Americans …
CBS News:
CBS News Battleground Tracker poll: Biden leads, with Warren, Harris, Sanders close behind  —  The belief that he could fare best against President Trump is currently propelling Joe Biden in the early Democratic nomination race by two measures — vote preference, and the delegates that would come with them.
Washington Post:
Pompeo says there is more evidence that Iran attacked tankers  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that more evidence will be released soon to prove the administration's assertion that Iran was responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week.
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Julio Rosas / Washington Examiner:
Max Boot: ‘Reality’ is pushing for impeachment, not the media
Discussion: Townhall
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
‘Every day that passes, the pressure to impeach grows’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  —  Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday that with every passing day “the pressure to impeach (President Donald Trump) grows.”  —  She added that Democrats need to start an impeachment inquiry …
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Ursula Perano / Axios:
Israel's Netanyahu inaugurates non-existent ‘Trump Heights’ town in the Golan  —  Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman hosted a special ceremony Sunday to dedicate a new town in the Golan Heights called “Ramat Trump,” or “Trump Heights” in English.
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Democrats' 2020 Achilles heel: The Senate  —  The Democrats' dream team of Senate candidates — popular Governors and 2018 super stars — to challenge beatable Republican incumbents isn't going to happen.  Party strategists hope their plan B might be sufficient to pick up the handful of seats needed for control.
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Support for beginning impeachment hearings grows among Democrats in new NBC News/WSJ poll  —  Americans overall remain divided over beginning impeachment hearings but Democratic support has surged since last month.  —  WASHINGTON — More Democratic voters believe Congress should begin impeachment hearings …
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Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:   Nearly Half of Democrats Back Impeachment Hearings Against Trump
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
This Isn't Going According to Plan for Kirsten Gillibrand  —  The senator from New York is a battle-tested campaigner who thrives as the underdog.  But 2020 is proving to be a much tougher challenge than she thought.  —  DES MOINES—Isaac Rosenberg is stumped.
Michael Sainato / The Guardian:
Bosses pocket Trump tax windfall as workers see job promises vanish  —  AT&T, General Motors and Wells Fargo vowed to use tax cuts to create jobs.  In fact, they did the opposite  —  Stephen Smith worked at an AT&T call center in Meriden, Connecticut, for over 20 years …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Joe Biden and the ‘electability’ delusion — and why the media keep making the same mistake  —  As Iowa journalist Robert Leonard talks to voters around his state, he finds himself baffled at the national portrayal of Joe Biden's dominance in the presidential campaign.
Andrew Ferguson / The Atlantic:
Tyranny of the 70-Somethings  —  Why have national Democrats and not national Republicans fallen under the tyranny of the 70-somethings?  It seems so contrary to common expectation.  Democrats are, as they often remind us, the party of progress and the future.
Jamie Ehrlich / CNN:
Jon Stewart takes aim at McConnell in continued fight for 9/11 victim compensation fund  —  9/11 responder: Zero tolerance for members of Congress  —  Washington (CNN)Former late night host and 9/11 first responders advocate Jon Stewart said Sunday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell …
Discussion: WSVN-TV
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Chief justice assures the Supreme Court is apolitical, but term's biggest cases present partisan challenges  —  Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. began the Supreme Court's term last fall seeking to assure the American public that his court does not “serve one party or one interest.”
Discussion: Slate
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The One Percent Got $21 Trillion Richer Since 1989.  The Bottom 50 Got Poorer.  —  Some Democratic presidential candidates say that America's economic system is badly broken and in need of sweeping, structural change.  Others say that the existing order is fundamentally sound, even if it could use a few modest renovations.
Discussion: Jacobin and Common Dreams
Associated Press:
Ex-pastor in Texas accused of sexually abusing teen relative  —  HOUSTON (AP) — A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years.
Discussion: Political Wire
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Wall Street Donors Are Swooning for Mayor Pete.  (They Like Biden and Harris, Too.)  —  The behind-the-scenes competition for Wall Street money in the 2020 presidential race is reaching a fevered peak this week as no less than nine Democrats are holding New York fund-raisers in a span of nine days …
Discussion: Axios
Noa Landau / Haaretz:
U.S. Mideast Envoy Greenblatt: We May Postpone Publication of Peace Plan to November  —  Jason Greenblatt also backs remarks made by U.S. Ambassador David Friedman, who said Israel has a right to annex parts of the West Bank  —  U.S. special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt …
 
 
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Salena Zito / New York Post:
Why many Dems in the South back the new anti-abortion laws
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Associated Press:
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
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Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump campaign makes a radical break from 2016
Discussion: Althouse
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
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Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
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NBC News:
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Dems prepare 9-figure ad onslaught to blunt Trump's head start
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Matthew Choi / Politico:
‘Enjoy the show!’: Trump hypes controversial Stephanopoulos interview
Discussion: Breitbart
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Franklin Graham: ‘I think God was behind the last election’